Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
tonight on the passing of nelson mandela. president obama will deliver a statement on the passing of the former south african president coming up here in about 4 1/2 minutes as soon as the president comes out. we will bring you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination tha
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
nelson mandela. but instead of celebrating the man, many republicans focused their attention on something else. this hand shake between president obama and cuban president raul castro set the right wing off. senator john mccain led the charge. >> should he not have done it? >> of course not. why should you shake hands with somebody who's keeping americans in prison? i mean, what's the point?
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
. >> good evening, ed. and thanks to you for tuning in. >>> tonight's lead, obama care plus success equals one massive right wing freakout. president obama's health care law is working. and many on the right just can't handle it. here's what i'm talking about. >> well, nelson mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that. that's the reason he's mourned today because of that struggle he performed. bu